The J and K state has witnessed a tremendous rise in narcotics and drugs since last three years, which is a great concern for the people. The youth of the state is falling prey to drug menace and the government has failed to contain it. Almost every day we hear the news of seizure of drugs and narcotics from any part of the state. The drug trafficking has engulfed the whole state and the drug traffickers are luring more and more youth to this menace. This menace is spreading so largely that every second day police registers FIR under NDPS Act. The state police has launched a compaign to eradicate this menace from the state and has seized a huge cache of drugs. The main source of the drugs is the border districts or neighbouring state or the LOC trade while in some cases it is smuggled from Kashmir also. It is an open secret that large cache of drugs through LOC trade, which is a matter of great concern. The government has failed to install scanner to check the vehicles coming across LOC, which has encouraged drug traffickers. The Jammu police has already started operation Sanjeevni in the district to eradicate the menace of drugs and has recovered a large cache of drugs and arrested drug peddlers, who were selling the drugs to the youth. In the border districts of the Jammu division, the police is giving no leniency to drug traffickers and is strict in dealing with this menace. That is the reason that many smugglers have been put behind bars and large quantity of narcotics has been recovered.
In the Kashmir valley the position of drug abuse, too, has reached to an alarming position. The youth of the valley are vulnerable to drugs. This has been due to the rise of militancy in the valley. According to media reports most drug abusers fall in the age group of 18 to 35 years. It is high time to take steps to check this alarming rate of addiction in the valley. The youth of the valley are taking refuge in drugs as they confront problems in life. Conflict, unemployment, relationship, family disputes and split families are the main reasons behind drug addiction.
Though the state police is dealing with the menace of drugs effectively, still the smuggling of drugs is going on rapidly. Recently three youth died in Jammu due to overdose of drgus.
Though there are Drug-de-addiction centres, where free treatment and counselling is given to these addicts, still the government needs to exhibit alertness at every time, as it has shown recently and recovered large consignment of narcotics.